But­ton Spi­ders

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Com­monly known as Wi­dow Spi­ders ( La­trodec­tus), But­ton Spi­ders in Africa, and Black Wi­dow Spi­ders in South Africa, these com­par­a­tively small spi­ders (1.3 cm / 0.51” in body length) pack an un­usu­ally po­tent venom. Fe­male wi­dow spi­ders have large venom glands and their bite can be par­tic­u­larly painful. Only the bites of the fe­males are dan­ger­ous to hu­mans. When a wi­dow spi­der is trapped, it’s un­likely to bite, pre­fer­ring to play dead or flick silk at the po­ten­tial threat; bites oc­cur only when they can­not es­cape.

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